'Muzaffarnagar riots triggered Bihar blasts'

  • Avinash Kumar & Ashok Mishra, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2013 03:03 IST

The attack on Narendra Modi's rally in Patna was meant as a revenge for the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, the two men arrested have allegedly admitted.

The men had so far maintained that it was a revenge for the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal and the riots factor had been a matter of speculation. But on Wednesday, one of the officials involved in the interrogation said, "Both Mohammad Imtiyaz Ansari and Arshad Alam have admitted that they were motivated by the Muzaffarnagar riots".

Arshad was arrested from east Champaran district after Imtiaz named him during questioning. "He has confessed to participating in the blasts in Kerala and Ranchi," the official added.

The state BJP, meanwhile, formally sought a high-level inquiry into the "slack security arrangements" for the rally, alleging that it was "deliberate".

In a memorandum submitted to the governor DY Patil, the party said, "Nitish Kumar's aversion for Modi is well-known. It appears that the security lapses were deliberate". Despite warnings by the central security agencies, the state government failed to act, the party said.

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